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In the Rain

Discussion in 'Riding Tips' started by OnlyOneWayHome, May 18, 2009.

  1. OnlyOneWayHome


    Thread Starter

    Location: Lancashire
    I rode for the first time in 5 years in the rain yesterday. It was like the day after I passed my test! I just had no confidence at all. Made the silly mistake of going over a grid and nearly lost the front end. Know how the summers now are in this country, I need to build up my wet skills again.

    Has anyone got any tips or things I need to be aware of that I have forgotten since passing my test 8 years ago (like wet grids are like ice)?
  2. Ride real smooth, use engine braking and leave the bloody things alone, grip the tank with your knees and keep your hands on the bars loose. I love the rain. I just hate cleaning it :D
  3. Stu


    Location: Leeds
    Make sure you kit is up to scratch so you stay warm and dry then ride as normal but never push it. Remember your stopping distances are longer so leave bigger gaps and that's about it, oh, and never push it!
  4. andysjt


    Location: staffordshire
    i use plenty of mr sheen on my visor , if you can get a decent speed up water will just blow off as you ride .
    also i like leather gloves not Kevlar as you can use the edge of your glove as a wiper blade if needed
    if you are on the motorway or fast A road then there’s going to be plenty of spray about , this limits everyone’s view so its a good idea to take with you a hi-vis top ( water proof if pos ) if you think you are in for rain ,it give me a bit more confidence that others can see me especially from behind .

    the fist 30 minutes of a down poor is the part to avoid if you can as this is when all the oil & diesel ECT is washed to the surface ( this is the best time to stop for a coffee )

    watch islands & areas around filling stations ,slow right down & keep it smooth ,upright & steady as they have plenty of oil / diesel just lying on the inside waiting to have you off

    apart form that i just ride as normal , bit slower , & smoother , and allow a larger gap in front for safe stopping ,

    then relax a bit & enjoy the feeling as your crotch slowly gets wet :lol: :lol:
  5. As above really, but you will be surprised waht can be done in the wet. As above but I would suggest using more back brake than usual and being in 1 gear higher as well.
  6. Edski675

    Edski675 Administrator Staff Member

    There were some drain covers in Frankwell (street in Shrewsbury) that had been polished smooth by car tyres, so I wrote to the highways department and pointed out how dangerous they were for bikers. They leaned on Severn Trent and on British Gas - they were replaced within a week. Well done Shropshire Council.
  7. There is a website to report poor road conditions on, hmm will have to go look up the url.
  8. OMG i got caught tonight on my way home is Lancs. Pretty bad tbh.I havent been riding long but i promised myself i wouldnt be a summer biker, so i have ridden through 90% of the winter to improve my bandwidth of skills. The bike is a totally different beast in the wet take your time and be sensible too much brake your down too much right hand your highsiding.
    Plus all the usual stiff grids, road markings etc etc

    Only one thing to do though is get out there and practice

    I though if i can ride through the winter i can probably ride in the summer and not the other way around
  9. SV_Justin


    Location: Kent
    I think people panic too much about riding in the rain. Yes your bike will slip, slide and topple more easily if you upset it, but you'de be surprised how much you can do in the rain. Just relax, limber up and be nice and smooth. I like riding in the rain sometimes but like Nelson, I hate cleaning the bike after.

    I'd rather ride in the rain any day than in the bitter cold of winter. One particular morning when it was -6 degrees will remain in my mind forever. I thought my fingers were gonna snap off, the pain was immense
  10. I'll vouch for that! Have ridden in snow before and that is much worse.

    The thing to remember is that a bike tyre works in a different way to a car tyre. It cuts through the water so you should always have contact with the road. One thing I have noticed is that after reading about the corsas, I'm a lot more nervous than I ever was with bridgestones on my CBR. So I think mental state has a lot to do with it.
  11. I think that is part of the problem, everyone on here now has the negative image of the corsa's niggling away in the back of their mind now. Including me :/
  12. spike


    Location: oswestry
    i must admit im am starting to warm to the corsa,s been caught out twice in the rain with keithspurs in deepest darkest wales and both of us are on corsas.
    no big upsets really, the odd squirm here and there but nothing to shout home about and we did hammer some oh fu*k oh fu#k corners :shock:
    we even went on the road from lake vyrnway to bala which isnt more than a goat track in width and has sheer drops to the side and cattle grids galore in torential rain on corsas :eek: :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    couldnt see sod all but no big dramas at all and was loads of fun :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    omg i think i actually like the corsas now :eek: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
  13. OnlyOneWayHome


    Thread Starter

    Location: Lancashire
    I think you have nailed it. When I think back I have ridded in the rain once over winter and was fine. It is since I've heard bad things about my tyres and become completely paranoid about my tyres being useless in the rain. That's why I had no confidence.
  14. spike


    Location: oswestry
    when i think about it the majority of the milage i have put under the belt on the d675 has been in rain or on wet tarmac
    out of 880 miles i think i have had about 150 dry :eek: :eek: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    im on night shift and guess what its bloody pi55ing down again for my ride home at 7.00 am :?
    whens the summer start lol :cry: :cry: :evil:
  15. I had roadsmarts on the D600 and went out in all weathers, was ok but the tyres never really warm up. only had one slip in jan on a bit of overbanding on the way to to go kart track at grantham, but it was cold, damp and some white stuff was on the fields.

    Some good advice on here about riding in the wet, all I can say it read, then read it again :D
  16. Just read the emails regarding riding in the rain, and noticed that a reference was made to using Mr Sheen on their visor.

    I had my Arai checked a while ago by the Arai support team at a bike show and after checking the helmet he went to unscrew a vent and the screw snapped. He asked me what I cleaned my helmet with and I told him Mr Sheen. He strongly advised against using anything like Mr Sheen etc on your helmet/visor due to the propellant and other contents used by these manufacturers make the visor and other "plastic" bits very brittle, weakening them. He recomended just a damp cloth and wipe over with a clean duster.

    Thought I would pass this on. Hope you don't mind.
  17. You sure he wasn't just trying to shift the blame after breaking you helmet?!
  18. I was surprised just how good the Supercorsas were in the rain at Donington, providing you were smooth and gentle. My friend works in the office at the factory (Scarlet). She said that the tyres were tested in winter in rain and snow, harder than we would ever care to ride and that why they were picked as OEM.

    Re Mr Sheen Superbike Jul 2009 - 10th in bikers greatest inventions...


    Mr Sheen is a closely-kept secret, but while
    many bikers will spend many tens of pounds
    on ‘specialist’ cleaning products, there’s nowt
    better than the humble can of Mr Sheen that
    you keep under the sink. Did you know that
    the Hell’s Angels once wrote to Mr Sheen’s
    manufacturers praising them for its cLeaning
    qualities? So what’s the secret? As well
    as cleaning your dining table it also has a
    degreaser in it, meaning that it will cut through
    the oil, grease and grime on your bike in no
    time. Chain oil, engine oil, crap and muck, you
    name it, Sheen’Il shift it. Don’t use it on your
    helmet though — the propellant destroys the
    plastics in visors and vents. ~
  19. spike


    Location: oswestry
    thats good to hear about the corsas AD.Nelson lol :lol:
    i think the problem people have with them is there no tread on the shoulders so in the back of your mind when cornering in the rain is omg are they going to let go like gp slicks do :eek:
    personally im starting to have a lot more confidence in them now, but that might be just because of the weather at the moment :?
    still working on removing the last inch of chicken stip off them though lol :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :oops: :oops: :oops:
  20. Im just careful not to push it too soon after setting off and gradually increase the pace.

    Looking at my back tyre, im slightly more chicken turning left.

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